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  •   Key Olympic Scandal Stories From March 1999

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    Key Post stories on the scandal involving charges that the Salt Lake Organizing Committee (SLOC) won the right to host the 2002 Olympic Games by showering cash, gifts and other favors on members of the International Olympic Committee and their families. Highlights on this page include:

    Kenyan Is Fourth IOC Member to Resign
    IOC Executive Board Votes to Expel Six Members
    Sydney Official Offered Money on Eve of IOC Vote
    Top Officials of Salt Lake Bid Resign
    Swedish Town Says It Was Cheated Out of Games

    From Wednesday, March 24

    Olympic Sponsors Might Testify
    Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.) is considering a second congressional hearing that would allow Olympic sponsors to testify about the IOC.

    Coles May Be IOC's Unlucky No. 7
    The fate of Phil Coles is in the hands of the IOC's Executive Board which will decide whether to oust the Austrailian IOC member.

    From Tuesday, March 23

    Samaranch Formally Invited to Hearing
    Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) sent a formal invitation to IOC President Juan Antonio Samaranch to testify at congressional hearings in April.

    From Sunday, March 21

    IOC Member Assails Politicians
    U.S. politicians have hijacked the Olympic corruption crisis as a "soap box" for their own political ends, an American IOC member charged.

    From Friday, March 19

    IOC Head Proclaims Meetings a Success
    IOC President Juan Antonio Samaranch declared the organization successful in enacting promised reform.

    From Thursday, March 18

    IOC Votes to Oust 6 in Bribery Scandal
    IOC members gave President Juan Antonio Samaranch a strong vote of confidence and voted to expel six members involved in the scandal.

    From Wednesday, March 17

    IOC Braces for 'Explosive Session'
    The IOC will consider the expulsion of six colleagues, the adoption of an ethics code and a new method of choosing host cities for the Games.

    Sponsor Support Is Steadfast
    More than two months after allegations of the Olympic scandal, not one corporate sponsor has renounced its involvement with the Games.

    From Tuesday, March 16

    IOC Panel Approves Sanctions
    The IOC's executive board approved a recommendation that six members should be expelled for accepting gifts from the SLOC.

    From Saturday, March 13

    IOC Panel Recommends Penalties
    The internal investigating arm of the IOC recommended expulsions and warnings for some members while saying others should be exonerated.

    From Friday, March 12

    DeFrantz's Involvement in Bid Alleged
    Two central figures in the scandal say Anita DeFrantz personally contacted nearly all of the approximately 70 IOC members who visited Salt Lake City during its bid for the 2002 Olympics.

    From Sunday, March 7

    Elmore Has Lock on Tickets
    David Elmore holds an exclusive license with the USOC to market and sell overseas Olympic tickets and tour packages.

    Samaranch Still Standing Despite Turmoil
    IOC President Juan Antonio Samaranch still has strong support from delegates despite several critics calling for his resignation.

    From Saturday, March 6

    Sydney Ready for 2000 Games
    As the scandal continues to swirl around the Salt Lake City Olympic Games, organizers in Sydney are preparing for the 2000 Games.

    La Mont Tipped Off Salt Lake
    Alfredo La Mont had provided Salt Lake City with details about the activities of other U.S. cities competing City for the USOC nomination.

    From Thursday, March 4

    Scandal Leaves Olympics With a Hollow Ring
    Columnist Thomas Boswell writes that the only positive out of the current Olympic scandal is that no one can deny the corruption any longer.

    USOC Officials Call for Changes With IOC
    Two high-ranking USOC officials have called for the IOC to turn over its investigation of the Olympic scandal to an independent body.

    Australian IOC Member Urged to Resign
    Australian IOC member Phil Coles should resign after being implicated in the Salt Lake City bribery scandal, says one Australian official.

    From Wednesday, March 3

    SLOC Eyes Potential Conflicts of Interest
    Businessman Gordon Strachan is among several members of SLOC's organizing committee that are facing questions of conflict of interest.

    From Tuesday, March 2

    Mitchell Rebukes IOC for Conduct
    In a report released Monday, former Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell accused the IOC of tolerating a culture of gift-giving.

    For IOC Children, Tuition Plus
    Defying the 1994 limit of gifts to IOC members, the SLOC gave two children of IOC members scholarships to Washington-area colleges.

    Ethics Panel Releases Letter by Group Citing Impropriety
    An ethics panel released a 1991 letter sent to the IOC by a group that complained IOC members violated rules regarding visits to bid cities.

    From Monday, March 1

    Committee to Recommend Ban on Gifts to Olympic Officials
    A USOC panel will make strong recommendations about cleaning up the process of bidding for the Olympics in a report to be released Monday.

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